Recreation and Leisure Services

Program: RELN
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Delivery: Part-time
Length: 4 Semesters
Duration: 2 Years
Effective: Fall 2017
Location: Barrie


Students are introduced to skills and knowledge needed to succeed in recreation and leisure services. The curriculum includes community recreation, outdoor adventure, arts, culture, heritage, leisure, fitness, retirement activities, life enrichment in long term care, adaptive-therapeutic recreation, facility operations, programming, and event planning. Business administration fundamentals are incorporated with courses in marketing, accounting, technology, human resources, entrepreneurship and research. Experiential learning opportunities include field trips and participation in a number of events or programs working with children to seniors. Students gain proficiency in leadership and group facilitation by designing, delivering and evaluating diverse, inclusive, relevant, environmentally sustainable recreation leisure and wellness initiatives.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities include:

  • retirement home and long term care activity director/life enrichment,
  • adaptive/therapeutic recreation,
  • facility and parks operations,
  • municipal programmer,
  • administrator in community, arts, heritage and cultural organizations, 
  • leader, director, facilitator at registered charities,
  • athletics in education institutions,
  • fitness and healthy/active lifestyle centres,
  • private and commercial clubs,
  • event planning services,
  • recreation supervisor-youth organizations,
  • resorts-sport and recreation manager,
  • outdoor and adventure recreation.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • develop, implement and evaluate inclusive recreation, leisure and wellness programs and events for individuals, groups and communities which respond to assessed needs, interests, abilities and that use available resources and incorporate best practices;
  • analyze, develop and implement marketing strategies to reach diverse individuals, groups and communities for programs, events, services and facilities using current communication technologies;
  • contribute to the development of fiscally sustainable and responsible recreation, leisure and wellness programs, events and services using current and relevant principles and practices of business, finance and social entrepreneurship;
  • supervise, lead and support the development of staff and volunteers involved with recreation, leisure and wellness programs, events and services;
  • apply administrative and customer service skills to support the delivery of recreation, leisure and wellness programs, events and services;
  • apply safety and accessibility practices to the efficient operation and administration of recreation and leisure facilities and settings;
  • promote the benefits and values of recreation, leisure and healthy active living and recommend inclusive programs, events and services to individuals and groups;
  • apply community development strategies which engage citizens and community partners while advocating for healthy communities;
  • develop strategies for ongoing personal and professional development as a recreation and leisure services professional;
  • utilize environmentally sustainable practices; 
  • select basic entrepreneurial strategies to identify and respond to new opportunities.


A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program co-ordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option. Additional information can be found on our website at

Admission Requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Criminal Reference/Vulnerable Sector Check

Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the student's responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.

NOTE: A record of criminal offences, for which a pardon has not been granted, may prevent students from completing their placements, thereby affecting their ability to graduate.

Additional Information

Students are required to have Level HCP CPR and Standard First Aid on admission to the program (on-line courses are not acceptable). It is the student's responsibility to renew their Level HCP CPR certification annually while in the Program. Students are asked to submit a copy of their current Level HCP CPR and Standard First Aid certificate to the coordinator of the program at registration.

Graduation Requirements

16 Mandatory Courses
2 Communications Courses
3 Optional Courses
3 General Education Courses

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.


Mandatory Courses
ACCT 1013Accounting Fundamentals
COMP 1058Technology in Administration
FITN 1002Fitness and Wellness
MKTG 1000Introduction to Marketing
REAS 2003Research in Recreation and Sport
RECR 1000Introduction to Recreation
RECR 1001Program Planning
RECR 1002Event Planning
RECR 1006Recreation Across the Lifespan
RECR 2001Outdoor Recreation and Environmental Sustainability
RECR 2003Administration Practices
RECR 2006Community Development
RECR 2012Arts and Culture in Recreation
RECR 2013Recreation Leadership and Group Dynamics
RECR 2014Inclusive and Adaptive Recreation
RECR 2016Professional Opportunities and Issues
Communications Courses
Select 2 courses from the communications list during registration.
General Education Courses
Select 3 courses from the general education list during registration.
Optional Course
Select 3 courses from the available list during registration. Program options may include:
ENTR 1000Social Entrepreneurship
ENTR 2009Entrepreneurship and Small Business
RECR 2005Facility Operations
RECR 2015Therapeutic Recreation
RECR 2017Activation in Gerontology
TOUR 2014Sports Tourism

Information contained in College documents respecting programs is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. The college reserves the right to add or delete programs, options, courses, timetables or campus locations subject to sufficient enrolment, and the availability of courses.